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Wendy Snyder
Wife, Mom, & Author, all at the same time. I write books, blogs, and whatnot. www.WendysWriting.com

I cried a few minutes after I saw the spacecraft reentering the Earth’s atmosphere.

Genesis — the search for origins. Photo by Wendy Snyder

They weren’t tears of joy nor tears of relief after waiting three years for the samples to return to Earth. They weren’t tears from excitement nor fear.

On September 8, 2004, I sat in a hot auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, surrounded by my co-workers and…


There is a generation, one that is quickly disappearing, that witnessed more changes than any humans in history. We need to appreciate all they lived through. Here’s a eulogy to one of them.

Grandma

Grandma Phyllis Marles Holzer

My Grandma was born June 12, 1919 in Miles City, Montana. She was a granddaughter, daughter, cousin, friend, Wife, Mom, Grandma, and a Great Grandma. She lived 89 years…she did good.

The year Grandma was born there was a Boston molasses disaster, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution authorizing…


And almost lost me a recently found long-lost cousin.

Tadpole hunting. Photo by Wendy Snyder.

I received a text from across the seas asking about my family. Having a small family, I was curious to see if this was legit or a scam.

We played text tag and agreed to talk. It turns out, this man is a cousin of my real biological cousin. One…


A funny thing happened at a family get together a few weeks ago. A cousin told me about his DoorDashing, Instacart, and UberEats driving experience and I thought I’d try it.

Dashing with doughnuts. Photo by Wendy Snyder.

I’ve been staying at home (not working), caring for my mother-in-law on hospice and my daughter. Like all kids around the world, my daughter had been staying at home distance learning and we needed an adult at home to watch her.

When I say not working, I mean not bringing…


One quickly disappearing generation witnessed more changes than any humans in history. We need to appreciate them before they’re gone.

Photo by Matthew Bennett on Unsplash

Treasure hidden in plain sight

If you know someone born in the early 1900s, then you have a treasure to talk to. My Grandma was born June 12, 1919, in Miles City, Montana. She was…


I did everything they told me to. I went to college, graduated, got a great job, worked hard, was reliable, got excellent reviews, got a master’s degree, and gained excellent experience.

Photo by MD Duran on Unsplash

I worked for NASA for 23 years until they laid me off in their last mass layoff. We went…


I’m stupid happy to see this small return to normalcy.

Costco Samples Are Back. Photo by Wendy Snyder.

Full disclosure — I didn’t take nor eat one, but I was happy, nonetheless. This teeny one-inch square of return to normalcy gave me an instant boost of hope.

Personally, I don’t see the pandemic ending anytime soon. …


How I went from being a non-user to a twitter fan after watching social media inspire change, protests, and war.

If you don’t ‘get’ Twitter, I submit a perspective from a reformed middle-aged person who signed up on day one and said, “What the heck is this?”

Trends are the top topics of the moment. Photo by Anonymous Husband.

In my defense, there were probably a handful of tweets, none of which I could find. I didn’t know how to search for…


Tired of having to remove your Ring Doorbell to re-charge it? Here’s an easy solution.

Ring Doorbell connected to Solar Panel. Photo by Wendy Snyder.

If you’re like my family and you have a Ring doorbell, then you’re probably tired of removing your Ring doorbell to re-charge it.

My husband solved this with an easy DIY (do it yourself) project. He bought a solar panel and connected it to the ring doorbell. For various reasons…


Save yourself enormous hassle and don’t take home pretty red leaves from parks. Especially if you live in North America (they grow everywhere).

Classic summer Poison Oak Photo by Wendy Snyder

A father and daughter (I won’t name names - because I don’t know them.) collected ‘pretty red leaves’ to take home. A fellow park attendee spotted them on their way out.

Poison Oak, Ivy, and Sumac grow as vines, shrubs, and trees. A sticky oil called urushiol covers the leaves…

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